Sunday, November 23, 2014

Rarkthor's Response: Maelstrom Missions and the Like

http://whiskey40k.blogspot.com/2014/11/maelstrom-rpg-questing-in-modern-wargame.html
http://www.torrentoffire.com/6270/another-take-on-maelstrom-with-less-carrot

Both of the above articles discuss the legitimacy of Maelstrom missions. Both of the articles placed Maelstrom missions as either not suitable for tournament play or required serious modifications to be viable.

With experience in a number of other long-term tactical war-games, I don't think that random objectives are so random that it necessitates removal from competitive play. One example of a game that uses random objectives to great effectiveness is Twilight Imperium 3. The game relies on these random objectives to secure victory. They are somewhat similar to the Maelstrom objectives in their scope, which is to say that one success in a particular element of the game leads to victory. Obtaining a certain amount of technology cards in TI3 (the abbreviation for the game) will gain you one victory point.

The major difference for these objectives, in TI3, is that they are public and available to both opponents. Players can score the same objective in the same game round, and they sit for the entirety of the game.

My thought is to apply this concept to the Maelstrom of War missions. Make each player fight for the same objectives. If they have a D3 option, standardize it at 2 (similar again to TI3 with Stage 2 objectives, which are harder and therefore worth more points.) These same objectives sit throughout the game, and whomever earns the most points wins. You can then establish a certain series of tiebreakers throughout the mission to handle ties.

There are some games of TI3 that create objectives that are just so difficult to achieve and often are ignored as potential objectives. This is the nature of the game though, and instead of feeling like the player has nothing to do, the player normally just tries to advance their board state. This is true in 40k as well. If you can't score Maelstrom objectives, you can certainly aim for destroying enemy units and increasing your chances of victory.

I think this version of Maelstrom of War could be very interesting. I will be posting more of my thoughts as I develop them.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Fantasy Football

During each football season, some gaming buddies of mine have been hosting a fantasy football league. 

I've done well in one or two of them placing 3rd (in the paid for league prize), but the past few years, I have been not doing so well. I know I made some big time mistakes during my draft, but what else can I do to improve my performance in what seems like a luck based activity? 

I pay very close attention to match ups and predictions. I do my best to be ahead on the waiver wire, but I still just can't seem to win the games I need to. What is it that I can do to improve? It's odd to try and improve on a contest that I can not figure out a method to improve. 

Thoughts? 

Friday, November 14, 2014

Adjustment on The Hobby Level

So, as I search around and research vital information for my new place, I find myself looking into other non essential resources such as a game store! 

The closest game store is about 1.5 hours out. Not too bad really, but definitely not a situation I can afford to make on the regular. 

I'm trying to figure out the best way to make gaming, a very social and person based hobby, to happen in a logistically sound way. 

Any suggestions or ideas? I plan on building my own 40k/Fantasy table, which could easily work as a general gaming table. The issue would be of logistics :/. 

Friday, November 7, 2014

Attempt 2 (Or Perhaps 3?) for the NOVA Open

In a bout of exciting news, I have recently found a new job and a new place to live! Moving will be fun, but I am beyond excited for the possibilities. I hope to make the best of it.

Because of these newly found prospects for income, I am making a bold attempt to make a trip for NOVA Open 2015. This attempt should be a bit more fruitful than the last, simply due to an increased amount of funds for the future.

Still looking into some of the details for the event, but I will try my hardest to make it work. I am excited as all get out for the future, and this is just one of the aspects I look forward to :) .

So Glad I Deleted My Facebook

The elation/butt-hurt from this past Tuesday is a very effective reminder for why I deleted Facebook. Still not going back. That is all.